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Art Shibayama Interview

Date: October 26, 2003
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-151
03:48:04
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Nisei male. Born June 6, 1930, in Callao, Peru. Grew up in Peru, raised by both parents and grandparents. During World War II, taken with parents to the United States on a U.S. troop transport ship. Lived in the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, until family moved to work at Seabrook, New Jersey, a produce work company camp. Drafted into the army in the 1950s, even though considered an illegal alien, and served in Germany. Raised a family in Chicago, Illinois, and San Jose, California after military discharge. In recent years, attended several pilgrimages to Tule Lake concentration camp, California, as well as reunions of Japanese Peruvians. Involved in the Campaign for Justice, an effort to obtain redress for Japanese Latin Americans.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: parents immigrated to Peru from Japan Segment 1 of 49 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of childhood in Lima, Peru: Spanish as a first language, attending a private Japanese school Segment 2 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of siblings Segment 3 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Spending time with grandparents during summer vacations as a child Segment 4 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up Catholic in Peru; not experiencing discrimination Segment 5 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Social activities in the Japanese Peruvian community prewar Segment 6 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of a destructive earthquake Segment 7 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Grandparents deported to Peru after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; rest of family taken away by ship Segment 8 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Terrible conditions on U.S. transport ship: taken to the United States, but not understanding why Segment 9 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of Crystal City internment camp, Texas: first impressions, getting a job delivering ice Segment 10 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending school in camp, meeting other Japanese Peruvians Segment 11 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 12 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father hears about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki using a short-wave radio Segment 13 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning English from a Japanese American Nisei; finding out that Peru didn't want the Japanese Peruvians to return Segment 14 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Relationship between the Japanese Peruvians and Japanese Americans in camp Segment 15 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family decides to move to Seabrook, New Jersey, a produce company work camp Segment 16 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of birthday celebrations in Crystal City Segment 17 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Recollections of working at Seabrook: different jobs for family members Segment 18 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Having an appendix operation; a new sibling is born Segment 19 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning English at Seabrook Segment 20 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Joining the Seabrook all-Japanese softball team, traveling around to different cities to play in tournaments Segment 21 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family moves to Chicago, Illinois; getting a job in a carbon paper factory with Japanese Americans Segment 22 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on status as a non-American citizen: reporting to an immigration office Segment 23 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 24 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Drafted in the U.S. army, even though an illegal alien Segment 25 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of basic training in Arkansas Segment 26 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences while overseas in Germany Segment 27 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Struggles to obtain U.S. citizenship Segment 28 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of other family members' attempts to become U.S. citizens Segment 29 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Playing on a multi-racial softball team made up of U.S. soldiers Segment 30 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington While serving overseas, taking side trips to France and Spain Segment 31 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 32 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experience in the military: no desire to reenlist Segment 33 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Chicago after military discharge; working as an auto mechanic Segment 34 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting married and having children Segment 35 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Making the decision to leave Chicago and move to San Jose, California Segment 36 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the San Jose Japanese American community; thoughts on the early redress movement Segment 37 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of attending a Tule Lake pilgrimage in 1979 Segment 38 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of attending a Tule Lake pilgrimage in 1979 Segment 39 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending reunions of Japanese Peruvians Segment 40 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 41 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feelings upon finding out that redress would be denied to Japanese Latin Americans Segment 42 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the Campaign for Justice, an effort to obtain redress for Japanese Latin Americans Segment 43 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Talking with congresspeople in Washington, D.C.; rejecting the U.S. government's settlement amount Segment 44 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the importance of fighting for redress for Japanese Latin Americans Segment 45 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and subsequent government actions Segment 46 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A trip to Japan in the 1980s: meeting family Segment 47 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A trip to Japan in the 1980s Segment 48 of 49 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reflections Segment 49 of 49 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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